The Royal Albert Hall

The Royal Albert Hall is one of the most well-known concert halls in the UK since it was opened by Queen Victoria in 1871.

The Royal Albert Hall celebrates the best of British culture. It hosts concerts across diverse musical genres, sporting events and various community events. The Hall is a registered charity, which receives no government funding and is held in trust for the nation.

The Hall is host to some 400 events annually in the main auditorium and a further 870 beyond the main stage. Over 1.7 million people attend live performances at the Hall every year, with an even bigger audience reached through broadcasts, recordings and various media platforms.

As well as hosting various forms of entertainment, the Hall has also developed an Education and Outreach Programme. The purpose of the programme is to enhance lives through music and performance, for all ages and for people from any background. With over 100,000 individuals participating each year, the programme involves creative and innovative educational workshops for young people covering subjects such as maths and science.

The 19th century building requires upkeep and restoration to preserve its beauty and heritage and to facilitate the growing number of events held there each year. To mark the 150th anniversary in 2021, the Hall is undergoing ‘The Great Excavation’, in which more space is being created for artists, crew and promoters. It will also provide more facilities for visitors to the Hall.

The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust has been the largest single donor to the Hall in its 148-year history, most notably in 2016 when they made a £5 million grant towards the £37 million excavation and development programme. To honour the Trust’s charitable contribution, the Circle seating level was renamed ‘The Rausing Circle’.

Chris Cotton, Chief Executive

“This significant gift enables us to continue modernising this important Grade I listed building to ensure it remains at the forefront of the UK’s live entertainment industry and continues to appeal to a wide range of worldwide artists and audiences.”

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